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Jan 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
. >> reporter: when carolyn hale counsels young people with cancer at vanderbilt children's hospital, she speaks from experience. ten years ago, at age 13, hale complained of back pain. doctors said it was from her backpack, but she turned out to have non-hodgkin's lymphoma wrapping around her spine. >> they hit you with so many poisonous drugs, so much chemotherapy, that you just can't help but feel lifeless. >> reporter: carolyn is part of a largely unknown group in the war on cancer. adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 39 account for more than 72,000 new cancers every year, seven times more than pediatric cancers. and unlike other groups, their mortality rate have not improved. >> our peers are suffering because there's not been medical advances that have trickled down to our age group. >> reporter: after surviving brain cancer at age 21, matthew zachary founded an organization called stupid cancer. >> young adults who don't get cancers that are easily screened, they get hodgkin's, they get sarcomas, usually not detectable cancers. so it's not like you can go to the doctor and say, "scree
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